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Beginning to supervise Research Students

The nature of the UK PhD has changed in recent years and the QAA Quality Code has attempted to define more clearly the roles of the supervisor. This workshop will provide a forum for new supervisors to review their role in light of these developments and existing good practice within their department and disciplinary context. Colleagues who are new to supervising at The University of Essex should also find the session valuable. Target Audience This workshop is aimed at supervisors of research students who are relatively new to the role at The University of Essex and who wish to gain a clear overview of the responsibilities of supervising Postgraduates undertaking research degrees and consider their own approach and style within their disciplinary context. Learning Outcomes At the end of the workshop participants will be able to: • Explain the nature of the PhD in the contemporary HE context • Review the role and responsibilities of a supervisor including – o Assisting students at the beginning their PhD and planning their research projects o Use a variety of means to monitor and manage the performance and progression of their students o Conduct effective supervisory meetings • Consider your own style and approach to supervision within the disciplinary context • Be aware of what can go wrong and consider ways to prevent and deal with it • Support students in completing their doctoral studies and preparing for assessment Outline Programme The workshop programme is as follows: • The changing nature of the PhD • Expectations – roles and responsibilities • Planning and managing a research project • Effective supervisory meetings • Working with research students – coping with difficult situations, training and monitoring progress • Preparing for assessment, writing-up, the viva and the outcomes Synopsis This workshop explores ways in which PhD students and other postgraduate research students can be best supported academically and personally to achieve their research degrees in a timely manner. The national context in which supervisors and students work will be considered and the influence of the UK Quality Code on supervisory practice reviewed. The workshop will consider the role and responsibilities of the supervisor from the beginning of the research degree through to submission of the Thesis and the assessment processes. Models of joint-supervision will be discussed as indeed will different supervisory styles and tailoring approaches to the needs of individual students. There will be lots of opportunity to share views whilst considering the most appropriate responses to a range of difficult supervisory situations and common problem situations. Facilitator Dr Kate Exley. Kate is a Senior Academic Staff Development Officer at The University of Leeds and an Independent Consultant in Higher Education Development. She has delivered workshops and undertaken projects at more than 50 HE, FE, Medical and Research Institutions around the country and she is series editor of the new Routledge book series “Key Guides for Effective Teaching in Higher Education” and a National Teaching Fellow (2008).

Examining doctoral candidates

Examining Doctoral Candidates Maintaining the National standards of the highest degree that our institutions award is an enormous responsibility given that we also wish to be fair and supportive to candidates who have invested at least 3 years of their lives undertaking their doctoral research work. This workshop intends to give a productive space to prepare or review your approach to examining (as either the Internal or External Examiner) Doctoral students. Target Audience This workshop is aimed at colleagues who are about to examine their first doctoral student and for more experienced examiners who wish to understand more about the way examinations are conducted at Essex and in other UK and international institions. Learning Outcomes At the end of the workshop participants will be able to: • Clarify who can and who should examine? • Detail the examination process and know what the job entails • Consider what should be explored before agreeing to examine • Appreciate the differences in being an Internal and External Examiner • Discuss how to prepare effectively for an examination o Knowledge of the required standards o How to read the Thesis o How to approach the viva examination • Prepare to conduct an oral examination Outline Programme The workshop programme is as follows: • Introductions to the role and responsibilities of an examiner • What would you look for in an examiner? • What does the job entail and the process involve? • What should you ask before agreeing to examine? • Considering the assessment criteria and standards • Hearing the experiences of an experienced examiner • How to read a Thesis • How to prepare to conduct a viva examination Synopsis The workshop aims to explore the ways in which staff can prepare to act as examiners for a PhD candidate and provide input on processes, procedures and approaches. The workshop will include guidance and discussion on how to read the written submission (usually a Thesis) and formulate questions, how to prepare for the viva and ensure that the Doctoral level criteria have been met Facilitator Dr Kate Exley. Kate is a Senior Academic Staff Development Officer at The University of Leeds and an Independent Consultant in Higher Education Development. She has delivered workshops and undertaken projects at more than 50 HE, FE, Medical and Research Institutions around the country and she is series editor of the new Routledge book series “Key Guides for Effective Teaching in Higher Education” and a National Teaching Fellow (2008). If spaces are available, please click on the white space below. ONLY add yourself to the waiting list if the date/s are not convenient.

Tax Workshop

This workshop will cover three main topics:- • IR35 (Off-Payroll working rules) • The Criminal Finance Act 2017 • Tax Coding for Lloyds purchase card transactions It is recommended for anyone who contracts workers to provide services, makes purchases or invoices customers on the university’s behalf. IR35 (Off-Payroll Working Rules) Overview This section is for anyone who contracts workers or personal service companies to provide services to the university and will include an overview of the legislation and guidance on determining the tax status of workers/contractors. The IR35 rules introduced by HMRC mean that the university is responsible for determining the tax status of workers or a personal service company to determine whether they are deemed employees or contractors. Failure to properly classify the employment status of such workers will render the University liable for any lost National Insurance or Income Tax owed to HMRC. Criminal Finance Act This section if for any person who is involved in making purchases using Purchase Orders, Lloyds Purchase Cards, and making payments to suppliers. It also applies to persons generating Sales Invoices and receipting funds. The Criminal Finance Act introduced a new corporate tax evasion offence which means that the University must ensure reasonable controls and procedures are in place to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion. Failure to properly implement controls to support this legislation could result in criminal prosecution and monetary penalties against the University and individual staff members. This session gives an overview of the rules and details what we can do to minimise any risks. Lloyds Purchase Cards – VAT Codes This section is for anyone who codes and submits Lloyds card transactions ready for uploading to UNIT4 Business World. This session will include data required for overseas purchases (including Amazon Market Place, PayPal) and the application of appropriate VAT codes. This will enable staff to correctly code transactions for VAT ensuring correct data is uploaded to Unit4 for the preparation of digital VAT returns and to maximise any potential VAT recovery.